The Swedish ESF Council, will the coming years strengthen the transnational cooperation between projects funded by the ESF in the Member States. The intention is also to analyze the relation and linkage between the ESF and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

A network of the Managing Authorities for the ESF between the Member States concerned  – Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany -  has been consolidated and a number of joint activities will be carried out: conferences, partner search forums and learning seminars in Sweden as well as in the other Member States.

There is also a
new web available focusing on transnational issues in ESF.

The project BSN – ESF is coordinated by the Swedish ESF Council and funded by the Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Unit (a Swedish central government agency).

A total amount of 10 websites for Priority Areas and 2 for Horizontal Actions are now available from the EUSBSR website. Some more will be launched soon.

Seven new videos have been uploaded on the EUSBSR YouTube channel. Colin Wolfe, Head of DG Regio, addresses the developments of the Strategy on two of these videos. Moreover Priority Area 13 videos have also been made available. Access them by clicking on the YouTube icon under the section Social Media on the right column.

The purpose of the web site is primarily to spread the information about the EUSBSR among the present and future Polish stakeholders. The Polish NCP and the Ministry of Foreign Policy want to improve the visibility of the EUSBSR in Poland. The web page is conducted in Polish language.

The Commission has now provided translations of the new Communication for the EUSBSR. All different language versions are available in the zip-file attached to the Communication in the left-hand side under the Headline: Documentation


The Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC) has released its latest newsletter on opportunities in times of crisis. In this respect, the potential of green innovation in energy and water within the Baltic Sea Region is explained in detail. Download the full issue here.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn commented on the macro-regional strategies now and in the future, in a live web chat 26 March: "It is too early to judge the success of macro-regional strategies, and we are waiting to see the results of Baltic Sea Strategy and Danube Strategy. We expect that future programmes establish a clear link with the macro-regional strategies by focusing on investments needed to deliver these strategies".

The Commission released the new communication on the EUSBSR on Friday 23 March 2012. According to that the work will be streamlined along three objectives instead of the four pillars. The Communication is also the need of increased political commitment and alignment of policies. The short version of the new communication is to be found here. It is available in all Member State languages around the Baltic Sea and Russian. The full version is uploaded under the section Documentation on the left side column.

  

A live web chat with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, will take place on Monday 26 March from 14.30-15.30h CET (Central European Time). Commissioner Hahn will answer questions relating to the plans for cohesion policy during the 2014-2020 funding period.  More instructions on DG Regio web site

Macro-regional strategies should be reflected on all layers of programming for the next period 2014-2020. This was one of the conclusions when Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General, DG Regio when he presented the programming process ahead. Mr. Popens presentation is available here.